The Los Angeles Lakers may be in the running to sign veteran small forward Shawn Marion, according to Dwain Price from the Star-Telegram.
However, Price notes that Marion would likely be looking to sign for the $2.7 million room exception if he is unable to land a deal with the Spurs or Rockets for the $5.3 million MLE, and it sounds as if the Lakers have already committed their exception (or at least some of it) to Ryan Kelly. Details of Kelly’s deal have yet to be confirmed, though.
At 36, Marion is getting up there in years, yet the veteran still posted solid numbers last season with averages of 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.7 minutes per game. The UNLV product also made over 35 percent of his attempts from downtown.
If the Lakers did end up signing Marion, there’s a good chance he’d be the team’s starting small forward next season.
Although, as Price notes, the Mavericks, Bulls and Hornets are also vying for Marion’s services, and one would assume that the 2011 NBA champion would rather join a clear contender at this point in his career.